12 Raptors Today...Year to date 29

We made double digits!! Today Walter, Colin, Ron and I spotted 12 raptors migrating plus several local ones. We had some great interaction between a Kestrel and a Merlin. Park boss Don's wife, Holly spotted us an Osprey, the only one of the day. By days end(1pm) we had:
1-Osprey
1-Redtailed Hawk
7-American Kestrels
3-Merlins
12-Total Raptors
  We had hoped for a few more, but were happy to see as much as we did on a beautiful day. Several Great Crested Flycatchers were seen as well as several Red-eyed Vireos were seen. Many migrating Cedar Waxwings, Chimney Swifts and Eastern Kingbirds were spied too. We saw a couple of Great Blue Herons and a Black-crowned Night Heron.
  We expect that early tomorrow we may see a few birds that got part way here today, otherwise without a change in wind speed, not alot will come through. Keep an eye on the weather.
There doesnt seem to be any outstanding days coming in the next several, so unless you just want to enjoy a good day out, I'd wait till later in the season.

Aug1-15th Summary
TV - 3
OS - 3
NH - 3
BW - 1
RT - 2
AK - 2
ML - 3

TL - 17
  With today's 12, our running total is 29 raptors. We are hoping to crack 100 for August. Things start off slowly, but we enjoy our days at the park. We also use these hours to hone our spotting and ID skills. We check out almost every gull we can. It helps later to almost immediately dismiss them as worthy of a 2nd look, recognized as not a raptor.

NOTE: Waterspouts may form over eastern Lake Ontario on Sunday. A waterspout is a "tornado over water".  I have seen one once from Rosetta over Lake Ontario. Just something else abit different we may see!

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